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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 20 January 2000
Time:06:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-231
Operator:Airtours International
Registration: G-VCED
C/n / msn: 193
First flight: 1991-08-06 (8 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 IAE V2500-A1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 146
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 152
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Almeria Airport (LEI/LEAM), Spain
Narrative:
As the aircraft rotated for take off, both fan cowl doors detached from the no 1 engine and struck the aircraft. The doors were destroyed and localised damage resulted to the No 1 engine and its pylon, the left wing, the left flaps and slats, the fuselage and the fin. The evidence indicated that the doors had probably remained unlatched, after having been closed following maintenance prior to the accident flight and had been torn off their pylon attachment hinges by aerodynamic forces as the aircraft rotated.
At 08:09 hours, low visibility procedures came into force at Gatwick due to a reducing Runway Visual Range (RVR). The commander decided to divert the flight to London Stansted Airport. The aircraft landed at Stansted at 08:36 hours without further incident.

Three walk-round inspections had been conducted after the doors had been closed.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Ref: EW/C2000/1/2
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Forced landing on runway

Follow-up / safety actions

AAIB issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from London-Gatwick Airport to Almeria Airport as the crow flies is 1588 km (993 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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